around. you get in those zones, you know, oh man, i don't know if i can make it, then you get the crowds, and it helps out a lot. >> reporter: and this was the scene at 7:30 this morning when the full marathon kicked off. the runners headed out, and they left the downtown area going east. they go up into the oakland hills for a little bit of a climb, i'm told, a challenge for those runners. they then head down into the fruitvale district, they loop around the lake then finish up at snow park. back to a live picture at the starting line/finish line. you can see the clock. 2:18. that's the time right now for the full marathon runners. we are told that they should be back, the first full marathon runner, the folks who are in the lead, should be back maybe in the next 10 or 15 minutes here. they obviously are rung at a pretty good clip today. live in downtown oakland, alex savidge, ktvu 2 news.